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rip, george n parks.

i'm so sad. george ran a nation-wide drum major academy every summer (i went to the one in illinois two years ago, which is where i met him) and was the band director at umass. he reminded me of a peter pan-type figure, and  kind of resembled the lucky charms leprechaun; he was short-statured, spry, and super funny. he was very passionate about his work and has made a difference in over 30 summers worth of drum majors nationwide. he had such an intensity about him when he switched into drum major mode. it was really inspiring. he was only 57, and died suddenly of a heart attack. really really sad :( my band director texted me this morning. i almost snuck in to see the dma at school this summer, but i had to work. i'm really bummed i didn't now. george was great, and i'll always remember wrapping up the day with him shouting "eyes!" while four hundred aspiring drum majors replied with all their hearts "with pride!!"

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